National Curriculum Content
Our local council, Derbyshire and Derby City are responsible for deciding the RE syllabus. The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for 2020–2025, states the principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
Our school uses the Discovery RE enquiry-based approach for teaching RE. Each curriculum area is created around an enquiry question.
Is anything eternal?
Overall and Lesson Objectives
To evaluate different beliefs about eternity and to understand the Christian perspective on this.
- Engagement – Understand what lasting forever means
- Investigation – Watch a Christian wedding and focus on vows and promises. Discuss different types of love, including unconditional love.
- Evaluation – Evaluate the Christian teaching of eternal life and unconditional love and to compare this with your view about whether anything is ever eternal.
- Expression – Express why it is important to lead a good life and how we can ensure we do this.
What we want children to know
- What eternal means.
- Many religions believe that some things are eternal e.g. God
- A ring symbolises eternity.
- There are different types of love, including unconditional love.
- Jesus taught that love should be eternal and unconditional.
- Christians believe that for eternal life they need to believe in God, do their best to follow the Ten Commandments and the great commandments, and ask for forgiveness when they need it (sin). They believe Jesus made forgiveness possible by His crucifixion.
- Christians will also be able to have life after death (eternal life), because of a Christian’s belief of Jesus’ resurrection.
What skills we want children to develop
- To have mutual respect
- To show tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Agape, eternal, resurrection, Ten Commandments, unconditional / conditional love